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Kevin Mays named Toho High’s first AD

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:04 am

By Ken Jackson
Sports Editor

Meet the Top Tiger.

Tohopekaliga High School, Osceola County’s eighth public high school when its doors swing open in August 2018, has named Kevin Mays its first athletic director.

Mays

Mays, 44, comes to the county from neighboring Brevard County, where he grew up and most recently served as head football coach at Viera High School the last seven seasons.

Born in Kentucky, Mays moved to the Space Coast as a child and attended Palm Bay High School. He coached there and at Bayside High before landing at Viera. His football squad made it two rounds into the Class 7A playoffs before falling to undefeated Tampa Plant. Mays compiled a 41-25 record with the Hawks, who advanced to the state championship game in 2015.

He said the allure of a career change and a new school opening led him to Tohopekaliga.

“I was looking for a change, and when I toured the school and met David (Phelps, THS Principal) and Ryan (Adams, county Athletic Director), I though they were great people. My ‘con’ list about this new school is very short,” he said. “Everybody wants to move up and elevate the program they’re with. I’ve done it with a football program, and now I’m excited to see if I can do it to a whole school’s athletic program.”

“Toho High”, projected to open with a STEM-heavy curriculum, will open with all sports, Mays said. He’ll begin on Dec. 19, working out of the school district offices until THS is ready for staff. His first tasks, he said, would be to order equipment and begin filling out the Tigers’ navy blue and orange-clad coaching staff.

Mays said his philosophy on hiring coaches is to find ones who “put the kids first.”

“In the big picture, our job is to make the high school athletic experience as memorable as we can for them,” he said.

He and wife Erica, who also currently teaches at Viera High, have three boys, the oldest of which will attend West Point next fall, Mays said.